THWARTED QUEEN is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.
Cecylee is the apple of her mother?s eye. The seventh daughter, she is the only one left unmarried by 1424, the year she turns nine. In her father?s eyes, however, she is merely a valuable pawn in the game of marriage. The Earl of Westmorland plans to marry his youngest daughter to 13-year-old Richard, Duke of York, who is close to the throne. He wants this splendid match to take place so badly, he locks his daughter up.
The event that fuels the narrative is Cecylee?s encounter with Blaybourne, a handsome archer, when she is twenty-six years old. This love affair produces a child (the ?One Seed? of Book II), who becomes King Edward IV. But how does a public figure like Cecylee, whose position depends upon the goodwill of her husband, carry off such an affair? The duke could have locked her up, or disposed of this illegitimate son.
But Richard does neither, keeping her firmly by his side as he tries to make his voice heard in the tumultuous years that encompass the end of the Hundred Years War - during which England loses all of her possessions in France - and the opening phase of the Wars of the Roses. He inherits the political mantle of his mentor Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, and become?s the people?s champion. The rambunctious Londoners are unhappy that their country has become mired in misrule due to the ineptitude of a King prone to fits of madness. Nor are they better pleased by the attempts of the King?s French wife to maneuver herself into power, especially as she was responsible for England?s losses in France. But can Richard and Cecylee prevail? Everywhere, their enemies lurk in the shadows.
This book is filled with many voices, not least those of the Londoners, who forged their political destiny by engaging in public debate with the powerful aristocrats of the time. By their courageous acts, these fifteenth-century Londoners set the stage for American Democracy.
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About the Author
Cynthia's biggest influence was her grandmother, Stephanie Treffry, who had a natural story-telling ability. As a widow in 1970s Britain, Grandma Stephanie didn't drive a car, so would spend time waiting for buses. Her stories were about various encounters she had at those bus-stops. Nothing extraordinary, except that she made them so funny, everyone was in fits of laughter. A born entertainer, Cynthia tries to emulate her when she writes her novels.
In case you were wondering, she is related to H. Rider Haggard, the author of SHE and KING SOLOMONS'S MINES. (H. Rider Haggard was a younger brother of her great-grandfather.) Cynthia Sally Haggard is a member of the Historical Novel Society. She is currently at work on her next three novels. You can visit her website at spunstories.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First of all, understand that I read the books out of order. I wil be reviewing all of them, but I this was the first one I received. And this was my introduction to this entire saga and the character of Ceylee. I fully appreciate the extensive research the author did for this series. Her explanations following the conclusion of the book impressed me to no end. And it certainly made this book a believable representation of the story of this time period in history. I also appreciated that there was no profanity nor bedroom scenes. While infidelity happened, the reader is not invited to that scene. It made the book a breath of fresh air to read. The character of Ceylee is indeed well-developed, and J believe that is the author's crowning triumph. I feel I can sympathize with her predicament without condoning it. It makes me want to read and learn more about her from other books in the series. My only criticism relates to the textbook style of writing that often takes the focus of the reader from the characters and who they really were. Richard comes across as being way too lenient, and Ceylee's lover appears to be such an idiot that the attraction makes no sense. Sometimes the events happen so fast due to the brevity of the book itself. I realize the authoe is informing her readers of past event of which they may no little if nothing at all. But her writing style sometimes kept me from caring about the characters and connecting with them. I cannot complain about the ending. Abrupt and suspenseful, it will definitely entice you to read the next book in the series. And I can assure you that it will not be long before I do! I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100% mine.